Trivia Around the Bend, Bowman Creek internships, A Talk on Scapegoating, Financial Freedom Day and more NRC news!

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Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
217 S. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601

Nick Pittman, Neighborhood Leadership Academy graduate and
NRC Board President

Diana Hess, Executive Director

Thanks South Bend Tribune for focus on neighborhood challenges!
It's expanding NRC conversations with neighbors on quality of life.

Call me at 574.287.0425
to see how you can get involved.
Positive Community Impact with
Neighborhood Leadership Academy 
Consuella Hopkins, NLA
Lincolnway West Annual Cleanup
Engaged citizens build neighborhood identity
and improve quality of life


Community Homebuyers Corporation Homeownership Assistance Program
The Homeowner Assistance Program is the result of six local financial institutions joining with the City of South Bend to help people get a good home at an affordable price.  For those who qualify and meet some simple ongoing criteria, grant money is available as a forgivable loan equal to 20% of the purchase price based on household income.  See


LangLab 1302 High St. 


NRC Trivia Night

Think you know your South Bend history? If you remember the old stores and the old stories -- city history, Notre Dame fun facts and more -- come show it off on February 25 during Trivia Around the Bend and help support our work in South Bend neighborhoods! Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia at 7 p.m. at The Hall at St. Peter's, 915 N. Ironwood Drive. Only $10 per person to participate. We encourage you to register a team table of up to 8 individuals but also welcome individuals and couples to register. It's easy to sign up online at Eventbrite, or by mail. See complete details on the NRC Facebook page.

Call the NRC office at 574.287.0425 or email Diana at for details. 

NRC Program Notes

NRC is among the organizations representing South Bend neighborhoods in the new working group on homelessness, established by Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The group includes representatives from social service agencies, businesses, city administration and residents who will meet for the next six months. That's to develop a strategic plan to address the issue in South Bend.

The NRC will be reaching out to members of our NRC Neighborhood Leadership Roundtable program on the issue, but we also invite South Bend neighbors to share your comments. You can call at 574.287.0425 or email us at

NRC Community Partner Corner

REAL Services, in conjunction with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at United Way, is hosting a Financial Freedom Day from 1 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 at REAL Services offices, 1151 S. Michigan St. Participants will get help with accessing their credit reports, how to file FAFSA education forms, information on income tax assistance and more. See details here.

This event requires a reservation, so call 574.284.2060 to schedule yours today.

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

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Sam Centellas is a familiar face to many in the South Bend community, but he's most often building up neighbors through the La Casa de Amistad on South Meade Street. Sam has been instrumental in supporting initiatives along and near Western Avenue, including the West Side Wednesday events. There's one coming up on March 1 if you've never checked them out! For a complete list of South Bend neighborhood groups and meetings, check here. Call the NRC at 574.287.0425 too, and tell us about neighbors, programs and events you'd like to see featured.

NRC Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

It's not too early to begin thinking about your neighborhood's Spring Cleanup plans! Most organized South Bend neighborhood associations have their own, from the longstanding Near Northwest Neighborhood event to the smaller but no less successful projects focused on clean up in Miami Village, Monroe Park and other neighborhoods. The City of South Bend now has a brochure to help neighborhoods have successful cleanups in partnership with Code Enforcement, which will support the effort with trash bags, gloves and other materials as well as planning your cleanup.

It's a great way to bring neighbors together for a common purpose, so check this link for the info.

Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods

The Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem, a group working closely with Southeast Organized Area Residents (SOAR) seeks interested applicants for four summer internship positions with background in anthropological coursework and ethnographic research

Two are needed as “embedded ethnographers” within a research team working in the community, to focus on local interaction and community engagement with neighbors. One is designed to study 
educational experiences and outcomes of place-based authentic learning. Another is tasked with taking oral histories, stories of historical challenge and experience with place, and the ability to create digital formats that foster community engagement, all working with community partners.

Hurry though! The deadline to apply is February 24. See the details and apply online at this link.

Community calendar events

RCLC Anniversary Celebration
Local Cup: A Talk on Scapegoating
Community Forum for Economic Justice: Advocacy Training

See more calendar events linked here.
The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is an affiliate member of Neighborhoods USA. NRC programs are free to South Bend residents and are funded in part with the assistance of the City of South Bend Community Development Program with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977.




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